GIS and Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by andy007, May 8, 2007.

  1. andy007 macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know of any good mac compatable GIS packages that are out there? Preferably one that resembles ArcView.

    Also does anyone think we could see a Mac compatable ArcView in the future?

    Cheers
     
  2. nergensgoedvoor macrumors newbie

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    mac GIS

    I've been trying to find a good GIS package to use on my mac for a while. There are a couple of options that I've found QGIS being the most usable and GRASS being the most powerful but least usable (I probably haven't been patient enough with it).

    I ended up buying virtual PC and running windows 2000 so that I can use ARCGIS 9 on my Powerbook

    anyone else found any better solutions?
     
  3. kwabena macrumors member

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    Same, Same, Same

    I've been looking for a GIS app for mac too. I just hope someone comes up with one that's really Mac OS native and works like ArcGIS. I posted a thread in relation to this last month.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=283613&highlight=arcgis
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=283718&highlight=arcgis

    The best suggestion was to run ArcGIS via Virtual PC, since I use a PowerBook G4. I hate windows, so I forgot about it an d used the crampy pc's in my college's lab. I dont know if ArcGIS will work with Crossover on an intel mac yet but I'll be very happy if someone came up with the ultimate suggestion.

    ArcGIS has do come up with a mac compactible software. Someone please help us.
     
  4. kwabena macrumors member

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    Same, Same, Same

    I've been looking for a GIS app for mac too. I just hope someone comes up with one that's really Mac OS native and works like ArcGIS. I posted a thread in relation to this last month.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=283613&highlight=arcgis
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=283718&highlight=arcgis

    The best suggestion was to run ArcGIS via Virtual PC, since I use a PowerBook G4. I hate windows, so I forgot about it an d used the crampy pc's in my college's lab. I dont know if ArcGIS will work with Crossover on an intel mac yet but I'll be very happy if someone came up with the ultimate suggestion.

    ArcGIS has do come up with a mac compactible software. Someone please help us.
     
  5. Baron58 macrumors 6502

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    No, they will never make ArcView for Mac. The company is adamant about this.

    GRASS is crap for serious use.

    What you want is TNT Mips: http://www.microimages.com/ The company is a little weird to deal with because they're all serious GIS & developer types, not polished marketing people, but their product is rock solid. They were also one of the first companies to ship a 64-bit, dual-processor-aware product when the G5 systems came out.
     
  6. andy007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    At the mintue im running arcgis on windows via parallels, it just annoys me how i just have to have windows xp on my macbook just for that, but it does run ok.

    Ive found QGIS to be a bit limited, myself.

    Do you know why they will not consider developing ArcView for Mac??

    Has anyone else tried this product? If so could you share your experiences.
     
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    One more reason to hate ESRI - my department is 100% ArcGIS, but nobody has much nice to say about ESRI - we just upgraded and have been having issues.

    How does this package compare with ArcGIS in terms of features? I doubt our department will ever migrate to something else though...
     
  8. michaelr macrumors newbie

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    Some options

    Hi,

    I recently buy a Mac (I'm a rookie with Mac)... I work a lot with GIS and RS, and I've been lookin around on the net for GIS packages that runs on Mac....
    Since I'm waiting for my new machine, I have no idea about the capabilities and performances (except for GRASS, one of the best GIS sofware), so, here are the links to the options I've found (in addition to ArcGIS and TNT):

    http://udig.refractions.net/confluence/display/UDIG/Home (UDIG)
    http://qgis.org/ (Quantum GIS)
    http://www.orbitgis.com/ (Orbit GIS)
    http://www.keigansystems.com/software/mfworks/mac/index.html (MFWorks)
    http://www.gvsig.gva.es/ (GVSIG)

    And, of course, the grass (either from openosx, or for free from http://wwwamb.bologna.enea.it/forgrass/)

    I hope to get my new mac to try some of these....

    (Excuse me for my bad English) :D
     
  9. itacaf macrumors newbie

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  10. citizenamyn macrumors newbie

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  11. graniteranger macrumors newbie

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    USING ArcGIS on iMAC

    I have been using ArcGIS on imac via parallel, but am limited by the inability to right-click on attribute table and various other items...

    Has anyone overcome this?
     

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